The Breakfast Club

Breakfast. Yep, you know it, the most important meal of the day.

Let's rationalise this in a way you may not have before. You have lunch (let's say midday), then a couple of hours later you're in the office hitting the snack box, then you go home and while cooking dinner you may have something to nibble on, and then you have dinner. Are you also looking for something after dinner? In the 8-10 hour window between lunch and going to bed you consumed somewhere between 3-5 small (or large) meals. So WHY would you not have breakfast after not eating for 8 hours huh? 

Breakfast is called BREAK FAST, you are breaking an overnight fast. Eating breakfast within an hour of waking sets up what your blood glucose is going to do for the ENTIRE DAY. Miss that one hour window and it could be havoc at the snack box later on. Now, let's get on to the topic of what to eat. If you don't eat breakfast currently, its going to be tough as you have basically told your body not to expect food, so don't get any digestive juices flowing. The best way to stimulate an appetite is to prepare your food (don't drink it from a carton), think about the food you are about to eat, chew the food properly before swallowing and do it all while sitting down paying attention to the food.

You could start with something very small, like chopping half a banana or a few strawberries into half a cup of good quality yoghurt. For those of you who already eat breakfast - are you a Weetbix kid? And by that I mean, If your breakfast doesn't arrive to you in a box (ie cereal) then do you scratch your head over what to have? Guess what. Your body wasn't programmed to prefer cereals at breakfast, bread at lunch and potatoes at dinner.  If you had a potato at breakfast, your cells aren't going to shut down because it wasn't 'right'. There are no rules to food choice.

Who wrote the book that said you MUST have some sort of cereal based product for breakfast? Find me that exact book and the author and I'll humbly apologise. But for now - get creative and get nutritious! If you want salmon and salad for breakfast, go ahead. It has fibre, protein, calcium, omega 3's, vitamins and minerals... Hang on, that sounds like the same ingredients in CEREAL. Except that fish and salad didn't have its nutrients processed out and then synthetically pumped back in. You do realise that rice bubbles and cocoa pops are rice right? So why can't you have a plate of egg fried rice with veg for breakfast?

Let's get out of the cereal mindset and set ourselves free! 

Anyway, what about B-Vitamins in cereal I hear you say? 100g of Salad has 6.05mg of Thiamin (B1).  Riboflavin (B2) is in high concentrations in things like liver. 22mg of Niacin (B3) in 100g of Salmon.  Wild native birds actually have very high concentrations of Niacin. Vitamin B12 you'll find in organ meats, seafood and again in our wonderful wild birds. Folate (B9) you will find in dried herbs, beans/pulses/lentils/ and organ meats. B6 is found in vegetable, nuts and meat and B5 in vegetables, meats and wholegrains.  BUT are you eating the unprocessed wholegrain? Probably not, so don't get excited.

The vitamins and minerals in your cereal are not going to do anything for you if the rest of your diet is poor, along with your digestive system, stress levels and by loading sugar on top of it. And for all those Special-K eaters out there. I know those flakes LOOK like a flattened out wholegrain, but they're not. Imagine taking sugar, rice, wheat, wheat gluten, defatted wheatgerm, milk powder, salt, flavouring and powdered synthetic nutrients and crushing them all into a powder, then mixing that powder together anddrying it out and cutting into cereal SHAPED pieces. That, is Special-K.

Ok enough ranting about cereal, back to the topic at hand

If you give your body NUTRIENTS thou shalt not want nor crave later in the day. Get stuck into that most important meal and make it nutritious!